Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 317–328 | Cite as

Mentors for adolescents in foster care

  • Edmund V. Mech
  • Julie A. Pryde
  • Joan R. Rycraft


Significant numbers of adolescents in foster placement plan to live independently following discharge. Mentoring is increasingly being used as a support service to assist older foster youths to make the transition to adult living. A survey of 29 child welfare programs indicate that a variety of mentoring models are in use. The main models are transitional Life Skills Mentors, Cultural-Empowerment Mentors, and Corporate-Business Mentors. Mentoring connects foster wards with a cross-section of community citizens who provide a bridge to higher education and employment, and serve as a resource for transitional problem-solving. Information is needed on the impacts of mentor-mentee matches and efforts to sustain mentor-mentee relationships.


High Education Social Psychology Mentor Model Child Welfare Support Service 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edmund V. Mech
    • 1
  • Julie A. Pryde
    • 1
  • Joan R. Rycraft
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana

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